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Pilatus PC-6 Porter  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1960
Maiden Flight: 4 May 1959
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: PC-6/A, PC-6/B, PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo-Porter, PC-6/C, Pilatus Porter and UV-20 Chiricahuas
Origin: Switzerland
Corporations: Pilatus Aircraft
Parent System: Pilatus PC-6
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1960
Maiden Flight: 4 May 1959
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Pilatus PC-6, also known as Pilatus Porter, is a single-engine short takeoff and landing (STOL) utility transport aircraft outstanding by its low maintenance and operating costs. The PC-6 is suitable for paradropping, liaison, towing, firefighting, reconnaissance, ambulance and light transport missions. The aircraft flew for the first time on May 4, 1959, and the first production aircraft was delivered in 1960. The PC-6 Porter and Turbo-Porter are renowned by their excellent STOL performance and low-speed handling characteristics which allow them to operate from unprepared airfields.

Originally, the PC-6 Porter was powered by six-cylinder Lycoming GSO-480 piston engine which was replaced in 1961 by Turbomeca 523-shp Astazou turboprop in the PC-6/A version. The PC-6/C powered by 575-shp TPE331 engine was introduced in 1965. The majority of existing PC-6 belong to the PC-6/B model which is powered by Pratt & Whitney PT6A-27 turboprop rated at 550-shp. Equipped with floats the PC-6 can perform as an amphibious aircraft or equipped with skis allowing for operation on snowfields.

Pilatus PC-6 Porter Specifications

Crew: 1
Number of Engines: 1
Passengers: 8
Propeller Blades: 3
Area
Wing Area: 30.2 square meter (325 square foot)
Consumption
Fuel Consumption: 39 gal/hr
Dimensions
Height: 3.20 meter (126 inch)
Length: 10.9 meter (429 inch)
Wingspan: 15.9 meter (52 foot)
Performance
Ceiling: 25,000 foot (7,620 meter)
Landing Run Distance: 315 meter (1,033 foot)
Max Range: 870 nautical mile (1,001 mile)
Take Off Run Distance: 440 meter (1,444 foot)
Power
Max Power at TakeOff: 550 shp (410 kW)
Speed
Climb Rate: 1,010 fpm (5.15 mps)
Cruise Speed: 125 knot (231 kph)
Stall Speed: 52 knot (60 mph)
Time
Flight Endurance: 455 minute (7.58 hour)
Weight
Cargo: 1,200 kilogram
Empty Weight: 1,400 kilogram (3,086 pound)
Max Landing Weight: 2,660 kilogram (5,864 pound)
Max Ramp Weight: 2,810 kilogram (6,195 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 2,800 kilogram (6,173 pound)
Max Zero Fuel Weight: 2,400 kilogram (5,291 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Argentina?
used by the military
YearHoldings
20131PL-6 Porter

Grand Total ?14
Propulsion Systems
PT6A-27x1
TPE331x1
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